How to give advice without being a jerk

I have a feeling I'm going to be really bad at dying. Here’s my plan: In my old age, about a year before I die, I'll start joking to my kids about what my last words should be. They'll get really mad and sad and shift uncomfortably in their chair because, really, who wants to talk about their dad ...

Is this the most annoying question in the world?

Who asks this question, one of the most annoying ones in the world? “What are your credentials?” Person 1: Someone who’s skeptical of your abilities, so they ask this as a prelude to condescendingly laughing at you. Person 2: YOU DO IT TO YOURSELF! How many times have you talked yourself out of applying for an opportunity because you ...

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When we settle on Big Things (like our relationships/jobs)

If you want to see how people have settled in life, read on. “I settled for a passive/aggressive relationship…” “I always wish I met more girls…” “At first it seemed great... Now it’s SEVEN years later...” First of all, let’s all stop and realize one thing: WE ALL SETTLE. It’s a normal part of life, and ...

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When did you get used to settling?

Who here has settled for something? Your job? Been taken advantage of when you bought a car? Your husband or wife? The word "settle" is a totally loaded term in our culture. For example, how many women have friends who say, "Don't settle! It's better to be alone than to be unhappy with someone." We accept that as true...but ...

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“Help! My mind ‘goes blank’ when I talk to people”

Let’s COUNT the ways that some of you have been socially awkward when meeting new people: You walk up to 2 people talking. Stand there awkwardly while waiting for one of them to notice you. Wish for death You start telling a story to a group of people and -- in the middle of it -- realize the story ...

Pricing strategy: How do IWT courses compete against “free”?

I LOVE reading strategy books. A lot of people think business strategy is about boring business frameworks and pedantic cost-benefit analyses. FALSE! You’ll find some of the most eye-popping drama and insane stories when you study why companies do what they do. For example, strategy gives you a front-row seat to war stories about Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, why ...